Finding New Purpose


It’s a cloudy day here in Las Vegas. Mild in January at 59 degrees for my Boston blood, but I’m not complaining. This is the view from the parking lot of the MMA gym, Xtreme Couture MMA, that I have been trying out the past few days. As someone who was born and raised in Boston, and who has only lived on the east coast in Boston, Washington, DC/Northern Virginia and New York City, whether sun or clouds, a mountain view like this does not get old.

Despite the mild winter temps and the mountain views, even though I have only been here a week, I am struggling to adjust.

The weeks leading up to this interstate move and complete life change were a whirlwind of balancing work, getting ready for the movers, the holidays, and managing my nerves in anticipation of a 2,800 mile solo cross country drive. After I arrived here in Vegas last Friday, it’s like I’ve hit a concrete wall.

I am homesick for Boston and the East Coast… I miss my parents, my sister, my brother, my friends, and my well-oiled daily routine of work, training, and structured daily tasks… and as I watch Eric leave for work every day, I feel like I have no purpose.

Here I have no routine (yet), no work, no reputation as a coach, my sleep schedule is completely out of whack, and ironically, even though I am now 3 hours behind the east coast (so you would think I would be bounding out of bed at 4 a.m.), I struggle to wake up early.

Each day I do few things to explore my surroundings and to help me to create a new routine and thankfully next week Eric and I will move out of the hotel we have been living in into the townhouse rental that will be our home for the next few years until we buy a house here.

Moving is not easy, especially an interstate move to the opposite side of the country to a state that you never even visited before you lived in it.

Change, especially drastic, is not easy. It humbles you and brings out the most human emotions in a person.

It will take time but I will break down this concrete wall I have hit and find my mojo again.

I will get back into a training routine, I will make friends, I will rebuild my business out here, I will start to get up early-ish (not 4:30 a.m.!! That time in my life is OVAH 😉 ) again, creativity and motivation will start to flow again, and I will find my new purpose.



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4 Comments on “Finding New Purpose

  1. What an honest post you wrote, sharing how vulnerable you feel & how tough it is to shake up your well established life & move to a far away place.

    In 1986 my husband & I moved from Toronto to L.A., leaving behind all of our friends & family. My husband had a new exciting job waiting for him, I had nothing lined up yet. To make a long story short, L.A. was just too foreign to us so we headed to New York & have been living there ever since. I still miss Toronto & I still think of myself as Canadian, despite being a dual citizen. I know how you feel & want you to know that you will adjust & if you are unhappy then you will re-adjust! Life is filled with tosses & turns & we are made all the richer when we are willing to recalibrate as needed.

    I’m so looking forward to the retreat in May & to actually meeting you! In the mean time, be kind to yourself & give yourself time to get used to your new world.


    Felicia, the pain in the ass woman who insisted on not sharing a room! Not very Canadian like behaviour eh? Sent from Felicia’s iPhone


  2. I’m so excited for you and Eric! I can’t imagine being born and raised and living in one place. My dad was in the Air Force and we moved to new places often. So that is kinda foreign to me. I know you two will find great success and thrive in your new city. I’ll be praying for you. 😉🙏 You will have to send me your new address so I can send you something.

    **HUGS** Maria

  3. Felicia, thank you so much for your note!! I love hearing these stories. And you are not a pain in the ass! 😉 Can’t wait for May, we are going to have an amazing time! ❤

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